CHESTER, MT (WPRI) — An Amtrak passenger train derailed in North-Central Montana on Saturday, stranding passengers just outside the town of Joplin.
The Liberty County Sheriff said there have been 3 fatalities.
According to Amtrak, the train line known as the “Empire Builder” derailed seven cars around 4 p.m. mountain time. There were approximately 146 passengers and 16 crew members onboard with injuries reported.
A father and son from Rhode Island were onboard the train and shared pictures and videos of the wreck on social media. They told 12 News, they are doing okay and that a triage center has been set up in a local senior center.
Amtrak said it is working with local authorities to transport injured passengers and safely evacuate others.
Individuals with friends and family aboard the train should call 800-523-9101.
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